Custom Conifer Tree Shapes Plywood Designs with

A fantastic video with Jon from  showing us how to cut plywood Conifer Tree shapes using their Austrian wide-format Trotec Speedy 400 flexx CNC laser.

Thank you Jon for sharing more information and tips using a variety of materials.



Halloween – Laser Cut Pumpkins

Nothing signifies Halloween like a glowing Jack o’Lantern with a unique pattern. In this tutorial we show you how to create a unique Halloween pumpkin using a laser. This has been replicated courtesy of our global premium partner Trotec Laser USA. Click here to be taken directly to the laser parameters.



Required material:

  • pumpkin
  • pumpkin carving kit or sharp knife and large spoon or ice cream scoop
  • duck tape
  • tooth brush
  • a candle or LED lights

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 400
  • 80 watts
  • 2 inch lens

Download the Parameters here:

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Step by Step

Step 1: Find a perfect pumpkin

Buy a pumpkin from your local supermarket or from a farm shop. Try to find one that’s a good size with little visible damage/marks. The perfect pumpkin has a smooth surface and a uniform colouring.

Step 2: Place the pumpkin in the laser

Put the pumpkin in the laser and position it with some tape, if necessary. Open our template or design your own pattern, and then send the file to the laser.

Parameters used:

Engraving: Power: 100% – Speed: 25% – Frequency: AUTO – Air Assist: ON – Passes: 2
For a perfect engraving result, we’ve activated the “High Quality” option.

 clean pumpkin after the laser process +

Step 3: Wash it

After processing it with the laser, it is necessary to clean the pumpkin with lukewarm water and a toothbrush.

Step 4: Prepare tools

Take a sharp knife and a spoon. You will also need 2 bowls – one for the seeds and the other one for pumpkin pulp.

Step 5: Hollowing

Cut out the lid at the top of the pumpkin and take all the seeds and the pumpkin strings.You can use a spoon, but it is easier just using your hands.

After that use a spoon to clean out the inside of the pumpkin. Scrape away the walls and put the pumpkin pulp into the second bowl.

Step 6: Let it glow

Wipe the inside of the pumpkin down with a kitchen sponge. Place a candle or a LED-light inside the pumpkin and close the lid. Now your Jack o’ Lantern is ready for Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Tips and Tricks:

Sprinkle some cinnamon on the underside of the lid. Some people claim this makes the pumpkin last longer.

Hollowing out the pumpkin can be quite exhausting. An ice cream scoop can make your job easier.
Don’t thow the pumpkin pulp away – keep it and cook a delicious soup.

Basics of Laser Engraving

Does your business still have your old faithful Newing Hall or Vision machine, that old rotary engraving machine that just keeps going strong? It might be getting to the end of it’s life span, but you’re not sure if you want to get into laser machine? The basics seem to be a little bit daunting?

In this video our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser details the basics of laser machines. Enjoy viewing and understanding a little bit more about it!

Laser cut Acrylic Birdhouse

Another amazing example of ingenuity, creativity and the  wonders of laser cutting is this
see through birdhouse made out of Acrylic designed by Joe Mansfield of engrave.

Custom Veneer Business Cards guest post

Guest Post: Hundreds of Custom MDF Sample Shields

Another guest post from, a great supporter of the Engravers Register.

In this video, creates hundreds of custom engraved and cut MDF sample shields using their Austrian wide-format Trotec Speedy 400 flexx CNC laser. are based in Ontario, Canada but service clients globally.


Laser Cut Acrylic Lamp

Acrylic Lamp, Cut with a Laser Machine Courtesy of Trotec Laser

The construction of this acrylic lamp provides a marvellous light reflection. Thanks to Trotec Laser for letting us replicate this!
You can now create this unique decoration with your laser cutter and experiment with light and shade.
Acrylic lamp, cut with the laser

Acrylic lamp, cut with the laser

Required material:
3 mm acrylic

Suitable machines:
Speedy 100, Speedy 300, Speedy 400, Speedy 500

The above Trotec laser machine was used:
Speedy 300, 60 watts, 2.0 inch lens


  • Use the 2.0″ lens for an accurate cut quality
  • We used Evonik’s “Radiant” plexiglas.

Step 1 – Laser cut the acrylic lamp
Open the template file for this extraordinary design (to download click here) and send it to the laser. Select your favourite colour and start cutting the acrylic. The laser parameters may vary, as they depend on the machine being used and the available laser power.

Recommended cutting parameters:

  • Blue: power: 100 %, speed 0.7 %, frequency 9000 Hz, Air Assist on
  • Red: power: 60 %, speed 1.0 %, frequency 9000 Hz, Air Assist on, z-offset 3 mm

To fit in the socket of the light bulb, emboss the edge with cutting lines. This is an alternative to engraving the area. By using the defocussing feature, the laser beam can be made wider forcing the cutting lines to overlap. This is how we can create the engraving effect using cutting lines. 

Why not try using different acrylic colours?

Step 2 – Assemble the acrylic lamp
Assembling the acrylic lamp is easy. The assembling instruction helps. Download the PDF file here (can be opened in Corel Draw).

Special piece of furniture, laser cut

Special piece of furniture, laser cut


Laser engraved padlocks – Love Locks

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s gift? Thanks to Trotec Laser USA for this tutorial on how to laser Love Locks.

Required Material:

  • A padlock made from anodised aluminum
  • A piece of wood or acrylics to build a tray for stability or some plasticine

Used Trotec laser:
Speedy 100, 60 watts, 2.5 inch lens

laser engraved padlocks

Love locks
You can see them on bridges all around the world: Love locks
Typically the lovers’ names or initials are engraved on the padlock, and the key is thrown away to symbolise their endless love. 
Step 1: build a tray
green and red padlocks
To keep the padlocks stable during laser engraving process, you can:
  • make a tray from wood or acrylics
  • or fix the lock with some plasticine (if you are only producing one of two custom pieces at time

Step 2: Design and laser process

Open our template or create your own individual design and send it to the laser.

Used parameters:

Engraving: power: 20% – speed: 10% – frequency: 1000 ppi – air assist: ON – high quality: ON


Unique Business = Unique Challenges

We found this blog post very relevant and thought it would be something all of our registered businesses could understand and learn from. Thanks again to our regular contributor Jon Cantin, from who are based in Ontario, Canada.

Running through the almost 300 blog posts on this website, it quickly become evident that not only have our skills improved but they have also diversified significantly since founding almost two years  ago. Our first MAJOR project was with Formica and it was a blazing success! We got the project because I had the foresight to buy a HUGE industrial wide-format laser with plenty of power and speed. These sheets were up to 3 meters long and we could pass them through our machine and cut through it at a rate that made financial sense for all involved. Up until that point, we NEVER cut through Formica before.

Afterwards, we got a bunch of projects across metal from stainless steel to anodized aluminium. A completely different set of materials requiring a different approach and laser tube as well! Luckily, I had the foresight to buy my Trotec Speedy 300 flexx with BOTH a CO2 (cuts Formica fantastically) and Fiber (engraving/marking metal) so the transition was pretty straight forward.

custom wedding and birthday cake toppers

The challenge with having such a unique business where we can essentially do anything with any material is trying to get this capability across to potential customers. To most people, saying “I can do anything” has the same effect as saying “I can’t do anything” as “normally”, this is a very true statement.

You heard of the quote “Jack of all trades, master of none”, well, generally this is the case… except that after doing THOUSANDS of units in Formica, you actually become a pretty good expert at cutting and optimizing it with a laser. Those skills completely transfer to other materials and processes… as such, that quote doesn’t really have much weight. We aren’t building high-strength aircraft landing gear, we are making the seat number tags… it’s a whole other ball game.

custom cnc furniture - laser cut

The other challenge ever-present at is equipment. We do an increasing amount of metal in the shop from custom stamping blanks through engraving and all of those skills require specialized tools and expertise. We have “some” forming capabilities that we do on a regular basis as part of prototyping but other trades like welding is something that I’ve stayed clear of, a master welder isn’t something you can become over the course of a week or even a year.

There are definite limits and income generated in one area is pushed into others to grow capabilities and expand efficiencies, that’s where our trusted suppliers come in as well.

cnc laser engraving wood log

Education is Key

Due to our broad skill set, education is key for us to demonstrate to customers that what they envision is actually possible! Most people go with the status-quo, from awards to promotional items to things around the office and int he shop. Why? It’s EASY and been done thousands of times before. Why go through the “hassle” of trying to figure-out a new design for delrin seals or stamps that will stand-out and be unique… most just go with the old PO and issue another one with updated dates.

I can’t really say that anything we do in the shop is rocket science, it just takes time and money to learn all this stuff. There are no shortcuts to learning how to effectively cut Corian with a CNC router and engraving it with a laser then paint filling the results… you just have to do it, over and over again, until the results are as expected. Running through all these blog posts, you can see it as a class where we play with new and old material, testing limits and processes and continually refining them.

CNC Laser Cutting Paper Stencils

Case Studies

What I enjoy most about is the creative customers we have, education very much goes both ways. They have their materials and processes which, quite often, they ARE an absolute expert in and then we come to the table and ideas go flying all over the place. I use my knowledge about materials and CNCs and they use theirs and together, we develop something either mundane or really cool!

For instance, I met-up with a customer last week whom we do lots of foam projects with and I showed them what we can do in Corian and they were blown away. What was most interesting though is that the conversation switched from foam to Corian and they actually had a unique application that they had a need for that Corian would fit perfectly for. It was a fantastic idea and I’ll be making a prototype to show them in the coming days.

laser marking pcb board

We’ve had customers where there was a need of something unique but at the time, we didn’t have any experience with the material they wanted the project made from. So, we grab samples and did our testing, revelling something that would work perfectly for them and some of our other customers! We then show these material results to both and end-up linking two previous companies who knew nothing about one another together into mutual suppliers.

cnc laser cutting and engraving

It’s about PASSION

You’d think that after writing the equivalent of a massive novel online with all these blog posts things would start to slow down, I’d run out of material to show, videos to produce and things to talk about. That hasn’t been the case. If anything, these posts are getting longer, more detailed and packed with more and more content. Why? Because what I do at isn’t a job to me, it isn’t even a business, it’s a passion.

When our customers are looking for solutions to their problems, I really enjoy coming up with them. I enjoy going on plant tours and finding out how some of the materials we use are made. I enjoy coming-up with unique marketing and promotional items for our customers.

CNC Laser Engraving A Wooden Log

We’ve made some BEAUTIFUL signs, we’ve made some AMAZING custom coasters as we’ve done some cutting and engraving that have gone into major stores and businesses… and it’s fun to look back at all the neat stuff we’ve done!

The fact that we can’t show any of the customer work we’ve done might be seen as odd or a brick wall when it comes to marketing but if I’ve proven anything in the past, it makes no difference. Our customers know our capabilities, trust us with their secrets and hire us again and again to come-up with innovative solutions to their problems.

Annealing Stainless Steel Business Cards and Tags

Hire for Passion, Return due to Results

Like a good employer, you generally hire for passion and train people into their position. We are no different, once we have a customer and established what we can do and deliver the results they are after, they come again and again with different ideas and projects. Things don’t always go according to plan, but that’s when we shine.

One of our bigger customers had a problem with one of our projects a while back, it wasn’t antibodies fault, the material simply degraded over time, it was something we all though would work and it ended-up not – when you try new stuff, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. What did we do? We didn’t just cut another one to replace it, we agreed that material for that application wasn’t the best and moved onto something that would. How much did we charge the customer? NOTHING. Why? Because we stood behind our work! We’ve since done a lot MORE projects for them because they know if there are any problems, they know we’ll work with them to fix it!

cnc laser cutting formica laminate

I’m reminded by something Richard Branson said a while back, he doesn’t succeed because he’s so much better, he succeeds because so many other companies just don’t care! There is always a reason NOT to do something, there is always a goal that isn’t worth pursuing and there is always a way to limit your success. I’m very proud that we’ve been able to find customers who don’t think in these limited ways. They want a solution that succeeds, even if it means a few bumps along the road before you get to the end.

Custom CNC Laser Annealing Brass Valve Tags

I wish there was an easy way to explain what does, the simplest thing I can come-up with is that we are custom solutions providers but even that doesn’t cover what we offer. custom acrylic sign

Laser marking Samurai Swords

Although it’s a year old, this is a very interesting tutorial by Trotec Laser Canada, laser marking two Samurai Swords (the same ones used in the movie Kill Bill). Very useful to keep on file – you never know when an engraving or laser marking job like this will present itself!